Players of People’s Postcode Lottery (PPL) are to transform the lives of thousands of vulnerable children in Scotland in 2018 thanks to a £700,000 award to Children 1st, Scotland’s national children’s charity.
The award was made to Children 1st at the 2018 People’s Postcode Lottery annual Charity Gala in Edinburgh where it was announced that a total of £93.4 million was given to charities and good causes in 2017 – thanks to players of People’s Postcode Lottery.
Last year Children 1st helped 11,000 children across Scotland. The 2018 award from players of People’s Postcode Lottery will help the charity continue to provide early help to families, so they can better protect their children from harm through local and Scotland-wide support services, such as our Dundee Supporting Families Services.
Jane Mair, Children 1st Service Manager Dundee said: “Thanks to players of People’s Postcode Lottery more children and families across Dundee, and throughout Scotland, are getting the support they need to enjoy safer, happier and more fulfilling lives. For many of the families we support challenges like poverty, bereavement, mental ill-health and parents’ and carers own unresolved childhood trauma can make it harder to protect their children from harm. Parents and children tell us that getting early, consistent, practical and emotional support from someone they trust, such as Children 1st can make all the difference.”
Funding from players of People’s Postcode Lottery will help Children 1st’s Dundee team to support children and families across the city to improve their involvement in potentially life-changing decisions about children’s safety and current and future care. Evidence shows that the experiences and outcomes for children are better when they and their families are supported to participate in decisions that are being made about them. The charity also works alongside Dundee families affected by or in recovery from alcohol and drugs misuse, helping them overcome the trauma of their past experiences and build their confidence and skills as parents and carers so that their children are safer and happier.
Together with the funding announcements for charities working across Scotland, Great Britain and internationally that are supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery the lottery also took the opportunity to announce an increase to 32% of each ticket sale going directly to good causes. The news of the funding total and increase was shared at the annual event, on Tuesday 23 January, at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh.
The event was attended by Actor Emma Thompson, broadcaster Dermot Murnaghan and TV presenter Fiona Philips. Entertainment on the night was provided by Heather Small.